Fences have long been an important part of Ocracoke village. In years past, islanders often had two fences surrounding their houses...one to separate the garden from the yard, and another to protect the garden from roaming wild horses. In addition, each small family cemetery was typically enclosed by a picket fence.
The fence in the photo below is new, but it looks old...to match the small cemetery it surrounds on Howard Street.
The original fence around the Wheeler and Tressie Howard graveyard on Howard Street had deteriorated, so the family hired island carpenter, Len Skinner, to build a new fence just a few months ago. He did a terrific job of matching the existing wooden fence with sturdy, weathered boards. You would think the fence had been there, protecting the graves, for decades.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about the almost forgotten 1890 "Oyster Wars" that
pitted islanders against outside business interests. You can read the
article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012115.htm.